I recently added another video to my online carving school. It is a very sweet carving of an incised maple leaf – also referred to as intaglio. This project is great for if you just want a nice design in a flat board – such as a jewelry box. Instead of lowering the whole background outside the design, as in a relief carving, the design itself is carved down. This was carved only 1/8″ deep. You can use this technique for many different designs – leaves, flowers. The video is about 22 minutes long.
The simple technique is as follows:
1. carve with a v-chisel inside the leaf edge just under 1/8″ deep
2. define the edge of the leaf with a vertical cut with gouges that fit the curved edges. Make the cross grain cuts first to create stop cuts so when you make the cuts along the grain, the fragile pieces don’t break.
3. lower down much of the leaf with a #8, 6mm. Then flatten and shape the background with a #3, 3mm, #3, 6mm, #3, 14mm.
4. with a v-chisel, carve the vein lines
And there you have it!